About 120 Chris-Craft dealers and owners this weekend got a chance to peruse the Sarasota Fla., builder’s 2014 lineup with a private in-water showing and sea trials.
Chris-Craft was formed in 1922 in Algonac, Mich. By 1927 it was the largest builder of mahogany powerboats, but it transitioned to fiberglass in 1971. The company was purchased by Stellican Ltd. in 2001, and it builds bowriders and cruisers from 20 to 36 feet.
Chris-Craft is extending its design line to include men’s apparel with a collection themed “A Day on the Water.” The items are designed to meet a man’s clothing needs on and off the water, Chris-Craft said. The collection includes functional outerwear, fleeces, sportswear and accessories suited to equip a man for a day of boating.…more
Trade Only executive editor Chris Landry interviews Chris-Craft president Steve Heese at the builder’s event in Sarasota for the media, dealers and consumers to showcase its boats.
Dealers, consumers and the media got a chance to see the new 21 Capri from Chris-Craft, as well as a hardtop version of the 36 Corsair, at the builder’s annual Chris-Craft Customer Event and Dealer Meeting in Sarasota, Fla. “We have pretty much every new boat we’ve introduced over the past 12 months here, plus…more
The new Chris-Craft Corsair 32 was named Best Sport Boat at the Shanghai International Boat Show in April. The announcement was made at the fourth annual Asian Marine & Boating Awards Gala Dinner at the Intercontinental Expo Hotel in Pudong, in Shanghai, China. Chris-Craft said the Corsair 32 beat competitors such as the Riva Iseo…more
A limited-edition Chris-Craft Silver Bullet hit the big screen this weekend when “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” opened in theaters. The 20-foot, limited-edition runabout was chosen for the “honeymoon” scenes between Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, and Bella Swan, played by Kristin Stewart. In the scene they cruise off into matrimonial bliss…more
Chris-Craft is reporting a sales turnaround after a couple of challenging years in the industry. Production is ramping up at the central Florida-based boatbuilder, and executives were “pleasantly surprised” when they received twice as many orders for new boats as they expected during a dealers meeting, according to a report in the Herald-Tribune newspaper in…more